Matching a color when dyeing can be a daunting task so the purpose of this guide is to help demystify the dyeing process and give you accurate & repeatable results quickly and efficiently. This guide will help you learn how to dye fiber, yarn, and fabric to match the colors from a digital photograph.
First basic color theory is broken down so that even if you are a novice/beginner dyer you will feel comfortable creating a pleasing color palette. Then the guide explains how to extract color information from a digital picture and how to apply that to dye formulas
Since there is a difference between the way a monitor mixes color (Red, Green, and Blue) versus a printer (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) it is advised that you print the color you are after on a calibrated printer for comparison purposes.
The photograph with the orange wool (left) shows the digital color orange Alanna was trying to match on the bottom right, and the orange dyed wool is sitting on top of a piece of paper printed on a calibrated printer with that same color orange. The colors are extremely close on the first try.
There will be variations from monitor to monitor so printing a color on a calibrated printer will give you a better idea of how close your colors will be. Also, each dye brand is different, so depending on the dye brand used, you might get a different color. Alanna is currently working on writing a book that delves further into this topic and explores depth of shade, different dye brands, and different fibers. For people that purchase this guide, you will receive a special discount when the book is completed. Join Alanna’s newsletter to receive notification when this book will be available.